MWF 10:10am - 11:00am (A3)
MC Reynolds 317 / MARS lab
Dr. Brent Yorgey
Upon completing this course, you will be able to:
Below is a unified calendar for the semester showing the topic and
mode for each class meeting, as well as assignment due dates. Some
specifics may change as the semester progresses, but the calendar will
be kept up-to-date.
Discussion and collaboration on the problem sets is encouraged.
However, solutions must be written up individually. Copying another
student’s writeup, in whole or in part, or directly collaborating on a
writeup, will be considered an academic integrity violation.
Insightful discussion with others must be cited in your homework
solutions. You will not lose credit for such citations.
Each solution on a problem set will be graded on a 0-4 scale.
To get credit for a problem set, the average score on the problems
must be at least 3.25.
If you do not get credit for a problem
set, you may revise it; see the resubmission policy below.
Homework assignments must be turned in electronically, in PDF format,
via the submission form. You have several options:
Many of the assignments are gratefully based on materials from
There will be two midterm exams and a cumulative final exam. Each exam will be distributed
one week ahead of its administration date. Once you receive the exam, you may:
On the exam administration date, you will take the exam during class, with no external
resources allowed. You will need to recreate your solutions using your learned understanding
of what you prepared.
Exam problems will be graded in the same manner as homework
problems. To receive credit for an exam, you must score an average of
3.0 or better on the exam problems.
If you do not receive credit for an exam, you may revise it; see the
resubmission policy below.
However, if you score 2 or lower on an exam problem, Dr. Yorgey may
also require you to complete an additional, similar problem. This
additional problem must be completed under similar conditions as the
original exam (that is, you may prepare a solution ahead of time using
any resources you wish, but then you must write out your solution
without referring to any resources, at an agreed-upon time). To
receive credit for the exam you must score an average of 3.0 or
better on all the exam problems, including any newly assigned
Weekly problem sets may be turned in late, but you must spend n
tokens to turn in a problem set up to n weeks late.
Exams, on the other hand, must be taken on the scheduled day, unless
you have made other arrangements with me (e.g. if you will be
travelling for sports on the scheduled day).
From the day a graded problem set or midterm exam is returned to you,
you have one week to submit a revised version, if you wish;
submitting a revised version costs one token.
If you turn in a revised problem set or exam more than one week after
it is returned to you, the same policy applies as for late
submissions, with a cost of one token per week late (in
addition to the token for resubmission).
It is not possible to revise the final exam.
Each student starts the semester with ten virtual tokens which they
can spend however they wish. Tokens are non-transferable.
Conversely, additional tokens may be earned at any time:
To “complete” an assignment means to complete it at or above the
required criteria for receiving credit. For example, “complete a
midterm exam” means not just taking the exam, but scoring sufficiently
high on the problems so as to receive credit (possibly after revising
Although you and I play different roles in the course, we both have
your learning as a common goal. There are things I expect from you as
a student in the course, but there are also things you can expect of
me as the course instructor and facilitator.
If I am not fulfilling my responsibilities outlined below, you are
welcome (and encouraged!) to discuss it with me.. I will also
initiate a conversation if you are not fulfilling yours. However, none
of us will meet all of the expectations perfectly—me included!—so
it’s also important that we have grace and patience with one another.
You will receive credit for attendance and active participation in
POGIL activites. Although attendance to lectures is not formally
reflected in your grade, I expect you to attend and actively engage by
responding and asking questions.
If you have a documented disability or some other reason that you
cannot meet the above expectations, and/or your learning would be best
served by a modification to the usual course policies, I would be
happy to work with you—please get in touch (via Teams or email)! The
course policies are just a means to an end; I don’t care about the
policies per se but I do care about you and your learning.
It is the policy of Hendrix College to accommodate students with
disabilities, pursuant to federal and state law. Students should
contact Julie Brown in the Office of Academic Success (505.2954;
email@example.com) to begin the accommodation process. Any student
seeking accommodation in relation to a recognized disability should
inform the instructor at the beginning of the course.